The SwimNE Stages

At SwimNE we follow the Swim England Learn to Swim pathway to develop the skills of our swimmers resulting in confidence, competence and safety within the water. This provides them with a core base of skills crucial to aid the development of technique and enjoyment in a range of water sports. Below is a brief outline of each of our assessed stages and what they entail:

Stage 1

This stage gives swimmers an introduction to the water ensuring enjoyment throughout. The focus is upon aiding the children to comfortably submerge their face within the water and move around the pool. We expect our swimmer’s to possess an understanding for the use of both arm and leg movements and reflect the confidence necessary to progress.

Stage 2

This stage focuses specifically upon the key aquatic skills to ensure the swimmers are swimming unaided both on their front and back to a distance of 5 metres. Confidence in an array of core skills is essential and these  include flotation, rotation, push and glides and underwater swimming. Progression to stage 3 is often a big jump for our swimmers so a lot of work on arm strokes and leg kicks is carried out in preparation and we encourage an attempt at jumping into the pool, reflecting good confidence  in the water.

Stage 3

At this stage the swimmers demonstrate frontcrawl and backstroke using  an over-arm recovery and rotation to breathe. They should be able to perform both these strokes correctly up to a minimum of 10 metres. Swimmers should now have confidence both in shallow and deep water and swimming underwater is comfortable. Introduction to breaststroke legs also occurs here.

Stage 4

This stage includes the expectation of swimmers to continue swimming on both their front and back, but begin to attempt it over longer distances. Swimmers are introduced to harder skills including sculling and treading water. Our main focus is to ensure that both butterfly and breaststroke leg kicks are performed correctly and the children show competency with leg kick in all four strokes.  

Stage 5

At this stage the swimmers should be able to swim all 4 strokes and up to at least 25 metres on their front and back. Focus upon breastroke and butterfly will continue introducing simultaneous arm actions alongside the correct breathing style. Further skills are introduced including rolls, handstands and an introduction to diving.

Stage 6

At this stage the swimmers will correct their breathing techniques and patterns should be consistent and correct across the strokes. Swimmers will cover at least 50 metres on two strokes. Diving will be improved upon and confidence when collecting items from the bottom of the pool aid the progress to stage 7 where lifeguarding elements are introduced.

Stage 7

At this stage all strokes are understood and performed to a high technical standard and we will begin to swim distances of 200 metres plus during the lesson. Due to their ability we now expect swimmers to dive comfortably and will introduce interesting and fun lifeguarding elements which can be covered in more depth in later stages. After completing Stage 7 swimmers are now competent swimmers and we are confident that they will be safe when swimming. After Stage 7, swimmers are invited to join our Pre comp stage which will build on their current skills and prepare them for advanced swimming and other aquatic paths.  

Stage 8

This stage is the final level in preparation for our pre-competitive stages. To ensure suitable ability before our swimmers progress, the swimming distance is once again increased up to 400 metres alongside the introduction of skills on a more competitive level especially dives and turns. At SwimNE we always try to make our swimming lessons fun so alongside the hard work we introduce water polo and further our progress on lifeguarding elements we have built on since stage 6.  

Stage 9 and 10

These two stages complete our pre-comp stage, which we regard as the necessary preparation for our children to begin competitive swimming. We  increase the  swimmers distance up to an impressive 1500 metres over a period longer than half an hour and  perfect all the necessary competitive elements. We continue with the addition of water polo as an enjoyable aspect and swimmers will have the opportunity to complete their Rookie Lifeguarding qualifications.  

Rookie Lifeguard

After completing stage 10, our swimmers have the opportunity to complete their rookie lifeguard badges. There are 3 progressive stages; bronze, silver and gold. Following a syllabus devised by the Royal Life-Saving Society (RLSS) we build upon previous skills in more detail teaching you the skills not only to ensure your own safety whilst swimming but how to react quickly and calmly and  help others in difficulty. They are great badges as they give a great head start for those interested in completing their National Pool Lifeguard (NPLQ). 

Once completing your swimming journey with SwimNE please feel free to approach your swimming co-ordinators regarding where to go next. Whether your child is interested in competitive swimming, water polo or any water based activities we are happy to provide information regarding local clubs that would be happy to accommodate your child to further develop their skills and ability with that activity.